The Turkish Ministry of Defense said, on Friday, that three other ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports and headed to Turkey for inspection.
The three ships loaded a total of 58,000 tons of corn.
The ships’ departure comes after the first grain ship since the start of the war left Ukraine earlier this week. It crossed the Black Sea under a wartime agreement, passed inspections Wednesday in Istanbul, and then headed to Lebanon.
Ukraine is one of the world’s most important breadbaskets, and its beleaguered grain stocks are exacerbating a sharp rise in food prices and raising fears of a global hunger crisis.
The ships that departed on Friday from Ukraine are among more than a dozen bulk carriers and cargo ships laden with grain and stuck in ports there since the invasion began in late February.
While tens of thousands of tons of grain is now making its way with these latest shipments, it is still a fraction of the 20 million tons of grain that Ukraine says is trapped in the country’s silos and ports, which must be shipped in order. To make room for the new harvest.